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New London Sports Roundup: Basketball Teams Struggle In Past Week

Williams School, Coast Guard Academy each suffer one point losses; Connecticut College prevails in swimming and diving

High School

The Williams School's winter sports season is underway, with the squash team starting things off last Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Blues lost 7-0 to the Hopkins School to start with an 0-1 record. The boys' basketball team narrowly dropped its opening game on Friday, falling to the Block Island School 44-43. The girls' team also lost its opener, with the Christian Heritage School prevailing 40-21.

New London High School sports fans will have to wait a little longer, but the opening basketball scrimmages are scheduled for this week; the boys play Valley Regional in a 4:30 p.m. home game on Friday, while the girls have their first regular season game on Saturday with a 7 p.m. away game against Griswold.

College

Connecticut College had an active week at the athletic center. The men's basketball team (2-4) lost to ECSU 84-79 on Nov. 27 and 78-64 to Dallas, the latter in the Citizens Bank Classic on Friday; the Camels salvaged the third place game by defeating the Coast Guard 68-33 on Saturday. The women's team (2-4) defeated Mitchell College 70-42 last Wednesday, but fell 66-61 to St. Joseph on Saturday. The men's ice hockey team (1-3-1) fought into overtime twice, resulting in a 3-3 tie with Middlebury on Friday and 3-2 loss to Williams on Saturday. The women's ice hockey team (2-2-1) split with Hamilton, as the Camels lost a 3-0 game with the school on Friday but rallied for a 1-0 victory the next day. Conn College's swimming and diving teams bested the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, defeating the Bears 168-120 on the men's side and 170-86 on the women's side. Trinity and Brown each swept the squash team 9-0 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, putting the team's record at 1-4.

In addition to the defeat by Connecticut College, the Coast Guard Academy men's basketball team (1-4) suffered a narrow 71-68 loss to Wheelock during the same series. The women's basketball team (3-3) suffered a one-point overtime loss to Framingham State on Nov. 26, falling 76-75; this was followed by a 52-45 defeat against Wheaton last Wednesday before the Bears prevailed 72-59 against Clark. The wrestling team placed 11th of 13 teams in the York College New Standard Invitational on Saturday.

Mitchell College couldn't pick up a win on the basketball court in the past week, starting with a 87-74 defeat against Albertus Magnus on Nov. 27. Norwich University trailed 15 points at halftime on Saturday but came back in the final minutes to best the Mariners 73-68 in NU's Hockenbury Classic. The team also lost to Wesleyan 82-52 in the Sunday consolation game of the series. In addition to the Conn College defeat, the Mariners' women's basketball team also fell 74-66 to St. Joseph on Friday and and Johnson & Wales 73-44. The losses put the previously undefeated men's basketball team at 3-3 for the season, while the women stand at 0-6.

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